RITES Tenders For 1 GW Land-Based Solar PV Projects On Railways Land Across India

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RITES Limited, an engineering consultancy company under Indian railways has issued a tender for setting up of 1 GW of land-based solar photovoltaic (PV) power plants on land owned by the Indian Railways under Tariff Based Competitive Bidding.

The last date for bid submission is 29 June 2020 at 02:00 PM and the techno-commercial bids will be opened on 30 June 2020. A pre-bid meeting has been scheduled for 28 May 2020 at 11:00 AM. Bid Submission will start on 22 June 2020 at 09:00 AM and it will End on 29 June 2020 at 02:00 PM.

To participate along with the bids, All bidders will have to submit an Earnest Money Deposit (EMD) of Rs 10,00,000 and also should submit a Tender Fee of Rs.29,000.The Bid will be valid for 180 days and to complete the project The developers will have a Period Of 390 days. The location of this project is at various Zonal Railways across India.

The Tender documents (RFP) for the above project are not yet released.

In January 2020, Indian Railways was planning to source 1 GW of energy from solar power and about 200 MW from wind energy by 2021-22 across zonal railways and production units. The 1GW of energy is being planned to segregate in two halves ie. 500 MW of rooftop energy for railway buildings and the remaining 500 MW to meet both traction and non-traction requirements, according to a statement by the government. 

In November 2019, Indian Railways, which consumes the major electricity with about 2.4% of total consumption, planned to install 500 MW of rooftop solar generation capacity by 2021-2022. Minister for railways, commerce, and industry, Piyush Goyal, told the Lok Sabha lower house of the Indian parliament 95.67 MW of solar rooftop capacity has already been installed on railway buildings, including 835 stations, and a further 248.46 MW is under development.

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